from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Greek Mythology Of or ascribed to Orpheus: the Orphic poems; Orphic mysteries.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the dogmas, mysteries, and philosophical principles set forth in the poems ascribed to Orpheus.
- adj. Capable of casting a charm or spell; entrancing.
- adj. Mystic or occult.
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- adj. Of or pertaining to Orphism.
- adj. Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to Orpheus; Orphean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining or relating to Orpheus, a legendary poet and musician of ancient Greece, who had the power of charming all animate and inanimate objects with his sweet lyre, descended living into Hades to bring back to life his wife Eurydice, and perished, torn to pieces by infuriated Thracian mænads; Orphean: as, the Orphic poems.
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- adj. having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
- adj. ascribed to Orpheus or characteristic of ideas in works ascribed to Orpheus
Both trained as chefs in Paris but now specialise in what they call Orphic Feasts - wildly absurdist performances which vary from creating edible pasta paintings to dining underwater.
Consider also that in Greek Orphic tradition, the bird of creation Nyx literally "Night" is imagined as a great bird with black wings.
So-called Orphic writings were widespread, and they told a tale of the death and resurrection of Dionysus, a symbol of hope for the afterlife.
In these points they are in agreement with the observances called Orphic and
One of the keys to Renaissance mythologies is the so-called Orphic theology, which Plato, according to
In these points they are in agreement with the observances called Orphic and Bacchic (which are really Egyptian), and also with those of the Pythagoreans, for one who takes part in these mysteries is also forbidden by religious rule to be buried in woolen garments; and about this there is a sacred story told.
In these points they are in agreement with the observances called Orphic and Bacchic (which are really Egyptian),  and also with those of the Pythagoreans, for one who takes part in these mysteries is also forbidden by religious rule to be buried in woollen garments; and about this there is a sacred story told.
The verses selected for this use were probably of a devotional character, like what are now known as the Orphic hymns, of which the lines upon the next page may be taken as a specimen.
Some of the modifications of the story of Demeter, as we find it in later poetry, have been supposed to be due, not to the genuine action of the Greek mind, but to the influence of that so-called Orphic literature, which, in the generation succeeding Hesiod, brought, from
Greece hymns, lyrical poems, and prose treatises, treating of theological questions, and called Orphic writings.